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Discussion in 'There's More To Life Than Vegas?' started by Ketelmaster, Mar 4, 2016.

  1. Ketelmaster

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    Going for the first time next month. How's the casino and the resort in general?
     
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    The casino is fairly small...there's maybe 15 tables total..a few hundred slots and video poker. I forget the exact hours, but it's not open 24/7, I believe it rolls up at 3:00 or 4:00AM, and reopens at 11AM.. Keep in mind, after 6PM (or maybe it's 7) men must minimally wear sports jackets, women nice slacks/pants suits. Check their website for exact info. You won't get any free drinks at the tables..they'll hit you for $8-$12. They generally don't open any craps tables until 6PM or so. There's usually a couple blackjack tables, 3 card poker, and roulette. They have (had?) a very small poker area where they do small tournaments, again, at night only. You can only enter the casino if you are a guest at the hotel. The atmosphere is usually much quieter/calmer than your average casino - I've never seen it crowded.

    The hotel itself is of course very old...it's beautiful inside, with lots of history. They serve tea and pastry in the afternoon - 2PM I believe. There's tons of stuff to do - fishing, golfing, ice skating, swimming - indoor and out, carriage rides, skeet shooting..etc.etc... Again, check their website for a full list. Be warned, there is nothing inexpensive there. I would recommend the 'Bunker tour'. The Bunker was a secret underground wing of the hotel that served as a disaster nuke-proof housing for our government during the cold war and until the early 90's. It's pretty cool, designed to be completely self sustaining for all Congressmen and Senators and their families. There are several restaurants within the hotel from casual to formal but again, there is *nothing* inexpensive there. The breakfast buffet is very good. You may want to leave the grounds and hit up one of the local restaurants in town .if you are staying for several days.

    Hope you enjoy your stay!!!
     
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    Thanks for the information. We plan to do the bunker tour, spa, golf, and dinner at the resort but definitely want to hit a local place too. The ability to gamble after dinner is a bonus and wasn't expecting much more than what you described. I like that a jacket is required and have heard it's not inexpensive. It's a short drive there so at least it's not $600+ per person to fly like we're used to when going to Vegas. Thanks again.
     
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    My grandfather actually was part of the crew that built that. Super top secret and he couldn't talk about it at all until they declassified it.
     
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    That's awesome Shifter...I'll say this much, all the construction/others that actually took part did a helluva job keeping their word/secrets. Yes, it was leaked a little to some locals - how could it not be - they watched the enormous efforts and it's in the middle of a tiny, tiny 2 stop light coal town, but for the most part, it was a pretty amazing feat to keep something so huge so secret for so long.
     
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    Will definitely check out the bunker. Thanks for the background and "insider info".
     
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    Pre 40th birthday trip for my wife this Friday-Monday. Golf, spa, bunker tour, and casino.

    Picked up a couple bottles of champagne today: Veuve for during the day, a bottle of Dom to cheers the trip and a bottle of Mailly Les Echansons Grand Cru which I've never had.

    Also a bottle of 2007 Roy Estate Proprietary Red Napa on a recommendation. Never had but maybe @shifter, @ken2v, etc are familiar.
     
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    Hopefully you have good weather Seahawk...it's turned a bit chilly here for this time of year, but not bad... You'll have to reply back after and let us know how you liked it. :joyful:
     
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    Bunker tour Saturday afternoon. Have you ever been?
     
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    I had never heard of this ... I had to Google. I'm obsessed now and must go.
     

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